News ID: 323552
Published: 0831 GMT August 17, 2022

Wrestling U20 World Championships: Yari adds FS gold to three bronzes for Iran

Wrestling U20 World Championships: Yari adds FS gold to three bronzes for Iran
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Iran’s Sobhan Yari poses for a photo with the freestyle 79kg gold at the Wrestling U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on August 16, 2022.

Sports Desk

Iran’s freestyle team bagged four medals across five weight classes at the Wrestling U20 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

On Tuesday, Sobhan Yari beat Armenian Mushegh Mkrtchyan for the ultimate prize of the 79kg contests.

The two wrestlers refused to the get engaged in scrambles in the first period, with the Iranian leading 1-0 at the break after Mkrtchyan was cautioned for passivity.

A minute into the second period, Yari performed a takedown before another passivity point and a step-out secured the Iranian a 5-0 victory.

Mukhammad Abdullaev of Kyrgyzstan and Georgian Otari Adeishvili took the bronze medals of the class.

Ahmad Mohammadnejad-Javan had opened the account for the country earlier in the day by grabbing a 57kg bronze.

The Iranian wrestler recovered from a second-round setback against American Jore Volk to seal a place in the third-place bout against Luka Gvinjilia of Georgia, before an emphatic 11-0 win saw Mohammadnejad-Javan share the third podium with India’s Abhishek Dhaka.

Volk went all the way to beat U20 Asian champion Merey Bazarbayev of Kazakhstan 3-2 for the gold.

Hossein Mohammad-Aqaei claimed Iran’s second bronze in the Bulgarian capital.

Having suffered a 9-7 loss to USA’s Mitchell Mesenbrink in the quarterfinals, Mohammad-Aqaei outmuscled Armenia’s Hayk Papikyan 5-2 and jointly finished third in the 70kg competitions – along with Indian Mulaym Yadav.

Mesenbrink fell to a 13-7 defeat against Azerbaijan’s Kanan Heybatov in the final.

Amir-Ali Azarpira rounded off the night with a third bronze for Iran.

Representing the country in the 97kg bouts, Azarpira came out on top against Ukrainian David Mchedlidze 5-1 to stand on the third podium alongside Niraj Niraj of India.

Benjamin Kueter won a second gold for the Americans thanks to a 10-2 triumph over Turkey’s Rifat Gidak.

 

   
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